WP Rocket Review: Real Performance On Live Website + Expert Configuration

WP Rocket Review: Real Performance On Live Website + Expert Configuration

Website speed performance plays important role in user experience as well as Google ranking. Google has been saying speed matters since forever. We at webshup use WP Rocket for our websites and also offer this tool free if you choose our speed optimization service.

No matter what, faster is better and less is more.

And when it comes to WordPress almost every 2nd WordPress website perform really bad, Agreed?

So What Slows Down a WordPress Website?

  • Web Hosting – When your web hosting server is not properly configured it can hurt your website speed.
  • WordPress Configuration – If your WordPress site is not serving cached pages, then it will overload your server thus causing your website to be slow or crash entirely.
  • Page Size – Mainly images that aren’t optimized for web.
  • Bad Plugins – If you’re using a poorly coded plugin, then it can significantly slow down your website.
  • External scripts – External scripts such as ads, font loaders, etc can also have a huge impact on your website performance.

Now that you know what slows down your WordPress website, it’s time to check what WP Rocket can do on your WordPress website for maximum results with minimum effort.

To show you exact results I am using an unoptimized version of our website webshup.com and will check the results using google page insights

Plugins on my website

I am using very basic plugins and have millions of downloads in WordPress plugins directory.

  • Contact form 7
  • Elementor
  • Site Kit by Google
  • Wordfence Security
  • WP HTML Mail
  • WP Mail SMTP
  • Yoast SEO
  • HubSpot All-In-One Marketing – Forms, Popups, Live Chat

Theme on my website

Theme I am using Generate press claimed to be fastest theme for wordpress

 

Here are the results from google page insights

On mobile it is worst

Why?

WordPress platform is built in PHP language. PHP files will usually take more execution time than static HTML files. Each page of a dynamic website is generated from information stored in a database or external file. So it will take more time to load compared to a site which is built completely using HTML.

But you cannot deny the fact that WordPress is easiest and most popular CMS to build website super fast with few clicks without even knowing HTML.

And yes you can improve the performance of your WordPress site without having any technical knowledge of PHP, to a great extent by using WP Rocket Plugin.

Good things comes with Price and when it comes to performance WP Rocket beats virtually all of the competition.

How to use WP Rocket on Your Website

Download

Once you have bought WP Rocket, you can download the zip file from your WP Rocket account page.

Installation

To do it, log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to : Plugin->Add New and click on Upload Plugin.
Select the zip file and click on Install Now. After clicking that link, you will be asked if you are sure you want to install the plugin. Click yes and WordPress will automatically complete the installation process.

Configuration

Now it’s time to configure WP Rocket as per the recommended settings.

When you click Settings –> WP Rocket, and you will be taken to the plugin’s settings page.

Let’s Start With All Settings One by One

WP Rocket Cache Settings

  • Enable caching for mobile devices should be activated as it enables caching for mobile devices and makes your website mobile-friendlier.
  • Also select Separate cache files for mobile devices. Because WP Rocket’s mobile caching works safest with both options enabled. When in doubt, keep both.
  • Enable caching for logged in WordPress users, this is only recommended to have activated when you have a membership site, or similar when users must log in to see content.
  • Cache lifespan is automatically set to 10 hours and this means that cached files are automatically removed after 10 hours before being re-created. If you rarely update your site or have a lot of static content, you can increase this.
    * Save and test, thoroughly! Deactivate settings if you notice anything broken on your website.

WP Rocket Cache Settings

  • Enable caching for mobile devices should be activated as it enables caching for mobile devices and makes your website mobile-friendlier.
  • Also select Separate cache files for mobile devices. Because WP Rocket’s mobile caching works safest with both options enabled. When in doubt, keep both.
  • Enable caching for logged in WordPress users, this is only recommended to have activated when you have a membership site, or similar when users must log in to see content.
  • Cache lifespan is automatically set to 10 hours and this means that cached files are automatically removed after 10 hours before being re-created. If you rarely update your site or have a lot of static content, you can increase this.
    * Save and test, thoroughly! Deactivate settings if you notice anything broken on your website.

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